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Peter Guber        

CEO and Founder of Mandalay Entertainment; Golden State Warriors Partner; Author of Best-seller "Tell to Win"

Peter Guber, a prominent figure in the entertainment industry for over thirty years, serves as the Co-Executive Chairman of the Golden State Warriors. As co-managing partner, he joined Joe Lacob as the driving forces behind the current ownership group’s NBA record-setting bid to purchase the Warriors in 2010.

Guber brings lifelong experience in sports and location based entertainment recognizing the importance of enhancing every aspect of fan experience. In may of 2012, Guber joined Lacob, NBA Commissioner David Stern and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, in announcing the Warriors’ intention to build a privately financed sports and entertainment complex on Piers 30-32 and Seawall Lot 330 on the waterfront in San Francisco.

Guber is among the most successful executives and entrepreneurs in the entertainment and communications industries. Prior to founding Mandalay Entertainment, Guber’s impressive resume included serving as the Chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, President of Columbia Pictures, Chairman and CEO of Polygram Entertainment and Co-Owner and Co-Chairman of Casablanca Record & Filmworks. The list of films that he personally produced or executive produced includes Rain Man, Batman, The Color Purple, Midnight Express, Gorillas in the Mist, The Witches of Eastwick, Missing and Flashdance. Guber’s movies have earned over three billion dollars worldwide, while also garnering more than 50 Academy Award nominations.

Peter Guber is the Founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, a visionary multimedia venture spanning movies, TV, sports, and new media. The company’s rich history of creating filmed entertainment includes the box office hits, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Donnie Brasco, Seven Years in Tibet, Wild Things, Les Miserables, The Kids Are All Right, Soul Surfer and Bernie, among many others. Forthcoming Mandalay releases include The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds, When The Game Stands Tall, starring Jim Caviezel, Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe, and Dark Places, starring Charlize Theron.

In the professional sports industry, Mandalay Sports Entertainment has become a national sports entertainment provider, owning and/or managing professional baseball franchises, sports marketing and venue management. The Dayton Dragons, the Mandalay-owned Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, established a North American professional sports record with their 815th consecutive sellout on July 9, 2011, surpassing the previous mark (814) held by the Portland Trailblazers. Additionally, Guber together with Guggenheim Group and Magic Johnson, acquired the Los Angeles Dodgers. Guber is an owner and Chairman of Dick Clark Productions, a leading independent producer of television programming including such perennial hits as the American Music Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, and So You Think You Can Dance.

Guber is a pre-IPO investor in Demand Media who appointed him to its board of directors. He is Chairman of Mandalay Digital Group, a NASDAQ listed leading global mobile data services provider and is Chairman of Mandalay Sports Media, a partnership with Mike Tollin, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film and television producer/director and CAA Sports, the world's leading athlete representation agency.

Guber is a full professor at UCLA, teaching at the Anderson School of Management and the School of Theater Film Television and Digital Media. He is a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as the winner of UCLA's prestigious Service Award for his accomplishments in association with the school. Guber is the Chair of the Founding Board of Advisors for the Center for Managing Enterprises in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES) at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Guber served as the co-host of the critically acclaimed television show, Shootout, for six years on American Movie Classics cable network. AMC moved Guber's talents to prime time with Story Makers, a series of one hour specials on the cable network. Guber was most recently seen on Starz/Encore as co-host of In the House, a weekly news and interview show focusing on industry trends in pop culture. He can currently be seen as an Entertainment and Media Analyst on Fox Business News.

A noted author, Guber's third book, Tell To Win - Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story - was published by Crown Business on March 1, 2011, and became an instant #1 NY Times bestseller. Fortune magazine chose Tell To Win as one of their "5 Business Books You Can Really Use" and Hudson Booksellers, retail book stores in airports throughout North America, chose Tell To Win as one of the "5 Best Business Books of the Year." Tell to Win is in its 13th printing.

Guber was recruited by Columbia Pictures out of NYU’s Graduate School of Business, where he was pursuing an MBA. He holds a BA, Master of Law and Juris Doctorate degrees. He received his honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut, was named Albert Gallatin Fellow at New York University; is a recipient of Syracuse University’s George Arents Pioneer Award, the highest honor that can be given an alumnus, for his distinguished work in film; and is also a recipient of USC’s Dean’s Award for National Business Leadership.

Speech Topics

Leading In Uncertain Times – What’s Your Story?

Be warned….in uncertain times, if leaders don’t have a story that gives focus to their resources and resourcefulness, someone else will write their future – and it won’t turn out well!

In this compelling, transformative keynote, “StoryMan” Peter Guber empowers, enlightens and exhorts leaders to tap into their innate story telling ability and to use this skill to persuade others to act toward common goals. Often misperceived as lacking power, many leaders avoid story, employing instead soulless information, data, and PowerPoint bullets to motivate their listeners. Yet, when the chips are down, as they are in tumultuous times, it’s the emotional power that counts.

During this no holds-barred experience, Guber shares his methodology of how to use story to overcome the three navigation stakes challenging all leaders during trying times:

There's No Business Without Show Business

There's no business without show business! If you can't show "it," articulate what "it" is, and incite and excite others to viral market "it" for you—no matter what you call "it" in your business—you've got a flop. As someone who has had his share of profitable and critically acclaimed successes with such hit films as Batman, Rain Man, Flashdance, and The Kids Are All Right, in addition to owning and managing record-breaking professional Minor League Baseball teams and stadiums, Peter Guber—the current owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers—is in the hit-generating business.

But his journey hasn't been without its misses. In a career that's spanned four decades, Guber has also suffered highly public flops like a professional hockey team where the audience didn't give a puck, and movies like Bonfire of the Vanities, where people tried to walk out—even when it was shown on planes! Yet, he didn't surrender; he more than endured; he triumphed.

With this often hilarious, highly entertaining, and always on-point speech, audiences will be energized and motivated by someone with firsthand experience who knows "it ain't over till it's over." Everyone has the power to survive misfortune in their industry and generate sweet success.

Divining & Designing the Culture of Innovation

How do the most successful companies and leaders generate ideas, unleash the creative talent of their people, move innovative thinking throughout their organization while overcoming resistance, and have an accelerated time to market that leaves competitors in the dust?

Peter Guber draws from his four decades of successes in the creative industry of entertainment, innovating on all sides of the food chain—from working with creatives to corporate to partners, vendors, and audiences—in addition to leading or investing in cutting-edge early stage companies like Demand Media (where he's on the Board of Directors) and Geek Chic Daily. He also draws from his experience as reinventing sports teams and stadiums in professional basketball, baseball, and hockey to share first-person stories based on his demonstrated successes to provide the tools to change your Monday.

Be motivated by a masterful storyteller who will ignite and incite the culture of innovation and the tools to execute on it in your organization.

Storytelling for Business Success

Great storytelling is more than just entertainment; it is a highly powerful and vastly underutilized professional business tool. It is indeed the secret sauce that can propel your success—whether you are an executive, entrepreneur, sales manager, marketing and communications expert, artist, consultant, inventor, human resources professional, or assistant.

Unfortunately, by the time most people have entered business, stories as professional tools have been dismissed as too soft or suspect and have been replaced by soulless bullets and forgettable data. Yet, only stories and their telling can create the emotional experiences that make the important information embedded in memory, resonant, and actionable.

In this entertaining, enlightening, and informative keynote, Guber shares his methodology of how to employ the power of the oral story.

Leading & Succeeding In Uncertain Times

The rapid changes reshaping business today requires leaders who stay ahead of the curve, embrace uncertainty, overcome fear (which Peter Guber defines as "False Evidence Appearing Real"), and take informed risks by "flying in the red zone" where failure lurks but a greater opportunity horizon lies. Guber credits much of his tremendous business success in volatile times to heeding these navigational stakes in not one, but five different industries—from blockbuster, critically acclaimed, and award-winning movies like Rain Man, Batman, Gorillas in the Mist, and The Kids Are All Right, to owning among the most successful professional minor league baseball teams and stadiums (and now, as owner and co-executive chairman of the NBA franchise, The Golden State Warriors, is in the process of transforming this team under extremely uncertain conditions) to finding, investing in, and growing cutting-edge new media companies (such as Geek Chic Daily, Mandalay Digital Group, and Demand Media) to locating, developing, and selling highly profitable real estate ventures to holding a professorship at UCLA for more than four decades where his highly popular courses consistently sell out.

Be engaged by a creative entrepreneur with the demonstrated success to speak from first-person experience on surviving and thriving in uncertain times.

Thriving in a Culture of Risk

The biggest risk in the business world today IS TAKING NO RISKS. The rapid changes reshaping business require leaders who stay ahead of the curve, embrace uncertainty, overcome fear, and take informed risks by “flying in the red zone” where failure lurks, but a greater opportunity horizon lies.

Peter Guber credits much of his tremendous business success to heeding these navigational stakes. Be engaged by a creative entrepreneur who speaks from first-person experience about creating and thriving in a culture of innovation that will take any organization to the next level.

Sales – Aim at Their Heart Not Their Wallet

Relationships trump transactions. When trying to acquire customers and clients, you must aim for their heart, not their wallet. The heart is where hits are born. When your intention is to create a relationship, you put your attention on it. You move your listeners emotionally, embedding your call to action in a way that is memorable, resonant, and actionable. Your brand becomes a bond, your communication becomes a connection.

In this heartfelt and informative keynote, Guber shifts the focus off of the business transaction and shines the light on the powerful business relationship. He shares his experience and expertise in how to reach the heart of your customers and clients to build relationships that will endure for a lifetime.


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